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[CBS] [The Channel Register] - Microsoft: 500 million will run Windows 8 in 2013

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(ZDNET) Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicts that more than 500 million people will be using Windows 8 by the end of next year, AFP reports.

Ballmer, who was speaking at a forum in Seoul, South Korea, also expects Windows 7 to hit the 350 million device milestone later this year.

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Last week, BMO analysts cut Hewlett-Packard and Dell's price targets, after one of its analysts claimed that "Windows 8 will prove to be a disappointment, at least out of the gate." Analysts do not think that Windows 8 will be as successful as Windows 7 was and continues to be, and that PC sales could suffer as a result.


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That brings us on to numbers. If Ballmer is talking units for Windows 8 next year, then 500 million is about 40 per cent more than Microsoft expects to ship using the "dated and cheesy" Windows 7 this year. Ballmer said he expects 350 million PCs running Windows 7 to sell this year.

That 350 million is about flat compared to 2011, based on IDC numbers: 352.4 million PCs were shipped last year - a 1.6 per cent increase over 2010 - IDC has said.

With Windows PCs looking flat this year, and let's assume next year given there's very little indication the global economy is going anywhere good with a looming Grexit, then Microsoft's number crunchers are banking on Windows 8 getting a lift from tablets and, particularly, Apple's iPad.

Can Windows 8 tablets deliver?

Hard to say. So far we know very little about the coming slabs. The majority look like being Intel-based x86 machines with a handful, about five models, expected on ARM and likely to be readers. Forty per cent is a huge pair of shoes to fill for feet so young and untested.

Microsoft's certainly not making things easy for itself, by throwing hurdles in front of application partners who've made Windows a success in the past and end users familiar with the PC experience and with existing apps to port.


Source 1: CBS

Source 2: The Channel Register


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Bill Gates, please come back. Your vacuum cleaner salesman is doing his usual number, but this time you're not around with a sensible voice to balance things out.
 
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Ha! 500 Million idiots!
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Ps think I'll just leave this:

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I'm so sick of Steve Ballmer...
It's like a nut on a pure steroids and fat diet...
It's not even funny anymore...
If that guy was my dad, I'd be so ashamed...
No words.

P.S.
Please Bill, come back, please... I beg you. Steve is a disgrace...
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maybe not 500m but with windows 8 being on phones+tablets+PCs they could hit near that number smile.gif
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maybe not 500m but with windows 8 being on phones+tablets+PCs they could hit near that number smile.gif

They should just focus on windows 7 really, i mean we had what? 3 years of windows 7 and right away we're getting a whole new OS with a new UI?
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I will be one of those half billion!
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So by the 1st of Jan 2014, 500 million people will be using Windows 8. Nope, unless they are counting phones and tablets as well.
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Maybe. Only because it's forced upon everyone who buys pre-built. No one has a choice.

Not saying I won't use it, if i start gaming again i may choose it over w7. But I won't be paying for it. Their product isn't very good imo, compared to linux. So why pay for something so crappy...
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Are you meaning to tell me that 1/14th of the worlds population will be using this? I'm read the whole article, but just what was quoted reeks of Microsoft's asinine belief that that the public will take to 8 like they did to 7.
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They won't

People won't use microsoft stuff if it's not as good as it was before (see windows vista, and how they never got everyone to switch from xp) only from what I can gather, 8 is going to be an even bigger flop than vista was. Vista was at least usable, and was fairly easy to get used to if you were familiar with any version newer than 95. 8 however is too different and it will scare the majority of users away. It will harm their reputation, and only strengthen rivals.

Also, how is windows 7 "dated and cheesy" (and who actually said this, was it Steve) ? Windows 8 will date much faster since it's designed around the whole tablet computing fad, which will die down when people realise it's just not as practical as a desktop or laptop, rather like the whole netbook thing about 4 years ago.
 
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